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A root canal treatment is required if the part of the tooth which senses temperature or sweet things is no longer functioning correctly needs to be removed.  This is a painless procedure and is sometimes done in one or two visits.  This is done under local anaesthetic and using a dental dam to isolate the tooth that we are working on away from the rest of the mouth.  The inside of the tooth is disinfected and cleaned, measured and shaped, then filled.  Most teeth that have been root treated will require a further restoration over the top of the tooth, but this is assessed on an individual basis.  Once a root canal treatment has been completed successfully, you can keep your tooth however it will no longer sense things like hot cold or sweet things.

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